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Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if her Department will increase its funding for hospices; and if she will make a statement. (117413)

Primary care trusts (PCTs) are responsible within the national health service for commissioning and funding services for their resident population, including palliative and end of life care. It is for PCTs to determine how to use the funding allocated to them to commission services to meet the health care needs of their local populations. The level of funding a hospice receives is a matter for local negotiation between the PCT and the hospice.

The end of life care strategy which Ministers have asked the National Cancer Director to develop which will be the means whereby the commitments in the election manifesto and “Our health, our care, our say” are delivered, will also address other important matters such as hospice funding.

As part of the dignity in care for older people initiative, Ministers have recently announced a capital fund of up to £40 million that adult hospices can bid for to improve their environments.